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Politics foundation year pathway

On successful completion of the Politics Foundation Year pathway you will progress on to  Politics and International Relations at undergraduate level.

About the pathway

Politics and international relations are increasingly important areas of research in today’s society and this foundation year pathway offers you the opportunity to explore the fundamentals of politics and gain a broad understanding of the subject before studying as an undergraduate. 

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Course content

As well as the core Foundation Year modules, in the first semester the focus will be on political discourse and the relationship between politics and social action, while the second semester will examine in closer detail the role of politics in contemporary society.

This module introduces students to key questions, theories and concepts in the study of politics. It introduces the nature of “the political”, and its academic study. Students will investigate political concepts, learning to use a number of discursive perspectives. This equips students to prepare for undergraduate level.

This module introduces the way in which politics works in contemporary society. It examines key contemporary institutions, their role in shaping political life, and the way in which they are linked to social change.

This module explores what makes “thinking” rigorous and logical, and how to detect specious arguments or ideas based on prejudice or fallacies in reasoning.

It will also encourage students to start reflecting on how to present ideas in creative and critical ways, whilst developing a strong understanding of the constant need to be ethical.

This module introduces the students to learning in HE and provides them with a framework for reflection and understanding of their own personal learning identity as well as tools for continuing educational success.

This module will equip students with the knowledge, confidence and practical skills to help them to develop their employability skills.

Students will be introduced to the workplace through a short observation and will work independently and in groups to understand and recognise work-related success and build their own potential.

This module is an opportunity for students to expand their knowledge in an area of their choice. Students will work closely with a supervisor to choose a topic of interest for investigation.

Alongside pursuing their interest in a topic, students will engage with academic research skills such as finding sources, building an argument and organising ideas, design and delivery of output, and will require planning, preparation, research and autonomous working. Students will produce a portfolio of work.

This module will also culminate in a small “conference” where all students showcase their findings. 

Please note: all information is correct at the time of publication. However, course content is regularly updated and this may result in some changes, which will be communicated to students before their programme begins. Modules listed may either be core or optional; you may not be able to study all your first choice modules.